Friday 6 December 2019

Swift talks of 'hardest, best' year as she scoops six awards

Taylor Swift won artist of the year ahead of Drake, Ariana Grande, Halsey and Post Malone. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Taylor Swift won artist of the year ahead of Drake, Ariana Grande, Halsey and Post Malone. Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Keiran Southern

Taylor Swift reflected on a year of highs and lows as she dominated the American Music Awards.

The pop superstar was named artist of the decade, an honour announced before the ceremony, and scooped the biggest prize of the night - artist of the year.

Accepting the latter, an emotional Swift said the previous 12 months had given her "some of the most amazing times", as well as "the hardest things I've gone through in my life".

She has been embroiled in a high-profile feud with prominent talent manager Scooter Braun and her former record label over her back catalogue.

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"This industry is really weird," Swift said.

She thanked her fans, adding: "This year for me has been a lot. It's been a lot of good, it's been a lot of really complicated."

Swift won artist of the year ahead of Drake, Ariana Grande, Halsey and Post Malone. It capped a night of celebration for the performer, who had already been named artist of the decade.

Before she accepted that prize, a video retrospective of 29-year-old Swift's already glittering career played. She then treated fans inside Los Angeles's Microsoft Theatre to a medley of some of her biggest hits.

Swift decided against overt references to her dispute with Braun, but did open her performance with a brief portion of her song 'The Man', which debates how much more successful she would be if she were a male. Fans also noted Swift wore a white button-down jacket featuring the titles of her old albums.

Swift won six awards on the night. It means she surpasses Michael Jackson as the most successful artist in AMAs history, with a total of 29 wins.

Irish Independent

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